There is a very important article in the Wall Street Journal today on the link of loneliness to death.
Frightening loneliness statistics:
– One in 11 Americans over age 50 “lacks a spouse, partner, or living child.”
– More than 1 in 4 baby boomers is divorced or never married.
– 1 out of every 6 people lives alone.
Research indicates that loneliness leads to early death.
The impact of loneliness is equivalent to:
– Smoking 15 cigarettes a day
– Drinking 6 alcoholic beverages a day
Loneliness is worse for mortality than:
– Physical activity
“The effect of isolation is extraordinarily powerful…we have to address loneliness,” says the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Whether you are extroverted or introverted, we all need human interaction, sharing, caring, touch, and love.
Truly, no man is an island!
Those that are stranded on loneliness island need to escape it and make their way back to human civilization.
Alone our lives are dull and stunted; but together, we have the inherent social dynamics to be able to experientially learn, grow, change and mature.
Alone we die–together we live.
It’s not just power in numbers, it’s life itself.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)